Law is about governing and managing relationships. Each type of legal situation presents unique challenges and opportunities for clients and their counsel as clients work into, and out of, relationships.
From formation to dissolution, serious businesses and professionals need competent legal counsel. The Griess Law Firm works with privately held companies, their counsel, executives, owners, and/or governing authorities to make their legal identity, intentions, and activities match up with their goals, values, and expectations. This means drafting agreements that state the parties’ intentions in language the parties understand. The Firm seeks to help clients use their contracts to build their businesses, effectively communicate, to strengthen their relationships, and to market their unique value. The Firm crafts solutions which work to strike the right balance the client desires, by assisting each client in making informed decisions based on an accurate understanding of the risks and benefits important to them.
The Griess Law Firm’s goal is to provide the kind of service that results in the formation of long term, integral, friendships and relationships with its business clients where the client’s trust and confidence increases, and the value it receives from the Firm’s legal counsel grows greater with each consultation.
The Firm’s Business Law services include representation regarding formation, succession, dissolution, re-organization, capitalization, compensation, joint ventures, purchases, assignments, management, and governance issues.
Non-profit entities remain legally unique, and in need of unique legal counsel. The Griess Law Firm aims to provide its non-profit clients the highest quality counsel on the formation, operation, and expansion of their missions. The Firm has a special affinity with the fundamental values and purposes of non-profits, and in particular with churches, Christian service organizations, and ministries.
The Firm’s familiarity and commitment to non-profits and their successful operation, makes it an ideal advocate, counselor, and adviser for such institutions—from formation, tax status, and governance, to operations and fund raising.
At one point or another, everyone deals with a real estate issues. Sometimes, the real estate interest is the largest asset a client has, is the most fundamental asset to their operation, or security for the most important liability to which they will commit. The Griess Law Firm provides lease drafting, negotiation, and review services for complex commercial developments, business leases and subleases, as well as residential situations. The Firm also negotiates and manages commercial and residential real estate transactions for clients, and, when appropriate, manages foreclosures. And when necessary, the Firm handles and negotiates property disputes and interests such as easements.
Some of the most important assets a business now owns are intellectual property assets such as software, website content, training materials, logos, brand names, client lists, books, brochures, and even methods or systems for doing business. Some of these assets are protected under federal or state copyright or trademark law, and some assets can be protected as trade secrets, confidential information, or in other ways.
Businesses and professionals need be respectful of the rights of others regarding such assets. But in addition, clients have the opportunity to take advantage of the same rights and responsibilities to maximize the value of their own assets, and those they use. The Griess Law Firm assists clients in managing these assets through licenses, transfers, assignments, agreements, and other appropriate systems and structures.
The Griess Law Firm is experienced in handling all types of civil and commercial disputes in federal and state court, as well as in arbitration hearings. Mr. Griess has litigated and arbitrated matters including copyrights, trademarks, construction defects, agent liability, insurance coverage, contract breaches, debts, nonpayment, property boundary disputes, fiduciary duty breaches, and mechanic’s liens. While litigation and arbitration are a last resort, they are important tools for the resolution of conflicts.